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How to make sure your Windows PC won’t get hit by...

You need to get your Windows computer protected against WannaCry and its ilk. Here are detailed instructions on how to see if you need patching and, if you do, how to get patched.By far the easiest method is to simply run Windows Update and install all important patches. You may not be able to do thatmdash;or may not want to do thatmdash;for several important reasons:You may not want all of the latest patches, whether for compatibility reasons or because you donrsquo;t trust Microsoftrsquo;s additional snooping in Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups If yoursquo;re using Windows XP or Windows 8, Windows Update doesnrsquo;t work If yoursquo;re running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a newer computer (Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, as well as several others), Microsoft may have gratuitously blocked Windows Update You may have problems running Windows Update for myriad reasons, and you donrsquo;t want to futz around with figuring out the reason or resetting while the threat lingers [ From backup to productivity tools, check out the top 30 free apps for Windows 10. | Download the superguide to Windows 10 installation. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]Your approach to checking if you need the patches, and then installing them, will vary depending on your operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to make sure your Windows PC won’t get hit by...

You need to get your Windows computer protected against WannaCrypt and its ilk. Here are detailed instructions on how to see if you need patching and, if you do, how to get patched.By far the easiest method is to simply run Windows Update and install all important patches. You may not be able to do thatmdash;or may not want to do thatmdash;for several important reasons:You may not want all of the latest patches, whether for compatibility reasons or because you donrsquo;t trust Microsoftrsquo;s additional snooping in Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups If yoursquo;re using Windows XP or Windows 8, Windows Update doesnrsquo;t work If yoursquo;re running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a newer computer (Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, as well as several others), Microsoft may have gratuitously blocked Windows Update You may have problems running Windows Update for myriad reasons, and you donrsquo;t want to futz around with figuring out the reason or resetting while the threat lingers [ From backup to productivity tools, check out the top 30 free apps for Windows 10. | Download the superguide to Windows 10 installation. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]Your approach to checking if you need the patches, and then installing them, will vary depending on your operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft Releases XP Patch for WannaCry Ransomware

Microsoft has taken the extraordinary step of providing an emergency update for unsupported Windows XP and Windows 8 machines in the wake of Fridayrsquo;s WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

Windows 10 fall update will restore (and improve) OneDrive’s best feature

Feature restores and improves upon the way OneDrive worked in Windows 8.1.

Microsoft rushes emergency fix for critical antivirus bug

The point of antivirus is to keep malware off the system.

A particularly nasty software flaw in Microsoft’s antivirus engine could do the exact opposite and let attackers install malware on vulnerable systems. The critical security vulnerability in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine affects a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Defender, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint, Microsoft Endpoint Protection, and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection.

These tools are enabled by default in Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and Windows Server 2012.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

Now anyone can hijack millions of vulnerable machines at will. No big deal! Analysis  The Shadow Brokers have leaked more hacking tools stolen from the NSA's Equation Group – this time easy-to-use exploits that attempt to hijack venerable Windows systems, from Windows 2000 up to Server 2012 and Windows 7 and 8.…

Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.But the company also refused to provide security ...

NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers just dumped its most damaging release yet

Windows zero-days, SWIFT bank hacks, slick exploit loader among the contents.

Shadow Brokers’ latest file drop shows NSA targeted Windows PCs, several...

The latest dump of hacking tools and exploits targets Windows machines, in some cases as late as Windows 8.

Windows 3.1: Microsoft’s milestone, 25 years on

Happy birthday, Windows 3.1Imagine a world without the Start button. No, I'm not talking about Windows 8.

Dig deep into your memory and you may recall a time when Windows 3.1 ruled the earth.Twenty-five years ago this month, Microsoft released Version ...

Microsoft releases multiple fixes for CRM bugs, including Win10 emergency patch...

Heads up, those of you who had problems with last week’s botched security patches, which clobbered Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 OnPremises reports; Telerik RadListBox and RadWindow controls; and various IE compatibility modes.

A slew of patches appeared late last night, but it’s still too early to tell if they’re effective in resolving all those reported ills.I counted four new patches.

As of early Thursday morning, three of them are documented.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]KB 4016635 is a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, bringing version 1607 up to build 14393.970. Yes, that’s the third cumulative update for version 1607 in the past eight days. KB 4016636 is likely a new, as-yet-undocumented cumulative update for Win10 November Update, version 1511. (I’m just guessing at the KB number because it falls between the KB for 1607 and the one for 1507.) ChangeWindows doesn’t yet list a new build number. KB 4016637 is a new cumulative update for the original release of Win10, commonly called 1507.

This brings the build number up to 10240.1732. KB 4016446 is a patch for Internet Explorer 11 that fixes the bugs in last week’s MS17-006/KB 4012204 security patch. The KB article for 4016446 explains: Forms in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 are not displayed correctly after KB 4013073 is installed on a Windows system that is running Internet Explorer 11… This update is required only if you are experiencing the symptoms that are described in the “Symptoms” section, and you have cumulative security update 4013073 installed on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to fix 5 Windows 10 headaches

Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows—notably Windows 8.

But it’s still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.4. Recover lost storage spaceTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)